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covered wagon.
Seminoe Cutoff

Trail marker.


By 1850, the Oregon-Mormon Pioneer-California trail system had developed almost as many shortcuts as there were wagon masters. The emigrants called these shortcuts "Cutoffs."

The Seminoe Cutoff was an alternate route through the South Pass region. The Seminoe tracked south of the main trails after the fifth crossing of the Sweetwater River and remained on the south side of the river. The Seminoe rejoins the main trail just west of the ninth and final crossing of the Sweetwater just east of South Pass.

The Seminoe is well marked and is located primarily on BLM-managed public lands.